Schoharie limo tragedy leads to safety reforms in federal infrastructure bill

Schoharie limo tragedy leads to safety reforms in federal infrastructure bill

AMSTERDAM — The families of the 2018 Schoharie limousine disaster have fulfilled a promise they made in the wake of the preventable accident that claimed 20 lives — to make the world a safer place by imposing new safety regulations for limousines with the support of federal lawmakers.“We made a promise we were going to make a difference, because there is no way on Earth we were going to lose our children, our spouses, our siblings, our family members and let it go unnoticed,” said Jill Richardson-Perez, the mother of crash victim Matthew Coons, on Friday.Families of the accident victims…
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Convicted sex offender re-elected to Minden Town Board; will be disqualified

Convicted sex offender re-elected to Minden Town Board; will be disqualified

MINDEN — Voters on Tuesday re-elected convicted and imprisoned sex offender Thomas Yager to the Town Board. He resigned from that office in July after he was charged with sexually abusing a child on a Fort Plain bus while working as an aide. Still, his name appeared on the ballot.What happens next is “complicated,” according to John Conklin, director of public information for the state's Board of Elections.“Conviction is not necessarily a bar to (the) office unless the individual is in office when convicted," Conklin said. "It’s really the fact that he can’t meet the qualifications for the office."Over the summer, the…
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